Fox News host Gretchen Carlson expressed her outrage today about atheists putting up a fake holiday display next to a Christmas nativity scene at the Florida State Capitol building in Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) recently approved a "Festivus" pole made of beer cans, which will stand next to the Christmas display.
Festivus is a fictional holiday created by the character Frank Constanza on the 1990s TV sitcom "Seinfield."
First, Carlson expressed outrage over the New York City-based Satanic Temple trying to erect their own monument next to a Ten Commandments display at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Tulsa, Okla., reports the Associated Press (video below).
"The separation of church and state is what makes America great," said American Atheists President David Silverman. "Religious freedom means the government doesn't take sides of one religion or another."
The conversation then switched to Florida and the Festivus display, noted RawStory.com.
“I am so outraged by this,” stated Carlson. “Why do I have to drive around with my kids to look for a nativity scenes and be, like, ‘Oh, yeah, kids, look, there’s baby Jesus behind the Festivus pole made out of beer cans! It’s nuts!”
However, Silverman reminded Carlson "the season doesn’t belong to Christianity... Christianity stole the season from the solstice.”
Carlson was stunned to hear that Christmas was stolen from the winter solstice, but in reality the Bible never says which month or day Jesus was born. Around the 4th century, Christmas began to be celebrated on December 25, which was the Roman winter solstice.
“There is no wrong way to celebrate the season, it belongs to all of us,” added Silverman. “I say it’s much better without religion. Dump the church, you don’t like it anyway. Happy Festivus. For all of us!”